Tourism in Nepal, 10 Reasons to Visit Nepal. Nepal; It is a small, poor but extremely warm and welcoming place with a population of 25 million, offering a wide range of experiences such as history, nature, mountaineering, yoga and meditation, home to 8 of the top 10 Himalayas between India, Tibet and China country.
Approximately 1 million tourists arrived in Nepal in 2017 and reached a record number. Nepal is most visited by India. Countries that followed India in turn; China, the United States, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, Myanmar, Germany, Bangladesh and Japan.
80% of the country is Hindu, 10% is Buddhist. There are countless temples, stupa and monasteries of both dynasties in Nepal. Ten reasons to go to this magical country, which is never enough to go once.
1. Boudhanath Stupa
It is a truly magical Buddhist temple that you can not enter into, but where you can drink tea and watch worshipers or priests in the cafes around you. After major damages in the 2015 earthquake, the repair was completed in October 2016 and opened again. It is imperative to walk clockwise around the stupa, but before you realize it, when you enter a small street, you follow the crowd and move clockwise.
2. Pashupatinath Temple
The most important feature of this Hindu Temple right beside the Bagmati River is the cremation ritual, in other words the Hindu funeral ceremonies here. A funeral is taking place at every hour of the day on each of the platforms arranged at specific intervals. If the deceased is a man, the eldest son, in white dressed with flames, if the deceased person is a woman, the youngest son of the house performs the same task.
3. Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)
Another name for this Buddhist temple overlooking the city of Kathmandu is the Monkey Temple. It took this name because of the over 800 monkeys living on the hill and around the temple, but its story has nothing to do with monkeys. This temple is located in the Unesco World Cultural Heritage List. According to ancient stories, the Kathmandu Valley has been a lake for some time, and this peak is the island. When Buddha visited the island, it became evangelistic that “those who touch the crystal wind from the crystal temple will reach Nirvana, and will now come out of the cycle of life and death.” Aside from the old stories, there are shops around the temple today where you can buy souvenirs, cafes where you can eat and drink. You can walk around the temple, meditate, and spin the prayer wheels you can see everywhere in Nepal, accompanied by Buddhist pilgrims from the shops.
4. Thamel Square
The shops selling souvenirs, mandalas, paintings and mountaineering materials are arranged side by side in the narrow streets. Everywhere the sounds of the famous Buddhist god “Om Mane Padme Hum” rise. You do not understand what it says, but you can not even get yourself to walk to the melody. You disappear in the streets then you find your way again.
5. Durbar Square
You can visit the temples around the old palace in the square, which you can reach in 10-15 minutes on foot from Thamel Square, shopping from the shops on the outskirts, you can drink something in the café to stop for a while. The living child goddess Kumari’s house is also in this square, and Kumari appears every day at 11:30 am with a window to the tourists and worshipers.
This historic city, which is only 8 kilometers away from Kathmandu, was once the center of the kingdom. Walking through the narrow streets of Durbar Square in Bakthtapur, the city with the most heritage of Unesco Cultural Heritage, you can visit historical and religious sites or museums such as Golden Gate, Nyatapola and Bhairabnath Temple and shop. Although the earthquake of 2015 has suffered great damage, the historical monuments are still enchanting and the city is at least as vibrant and full of action as Kathmandu.
Patan is hosting the most aesthetic temples. Viswanath temple, Yognarendra and Vishnu temples where you can see the Bhimsen temple, elephant sculpture famous for its marble workmanship are just a few of the works you can see here.
Yoga and Meditation centers spread all over the country, but Pokhara is the most attractive city for it. Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, Sarangkot and Lakeside Road, where you will spend all your time, are the most important places to see in this city. The paragliding is one of the best activities to be done.
Lumbini makes the city special; The Buddha was born here. Today, 29 different countries are hosting the monastic zone named Monastic Zone, where Buddhist Monasteries are located together. Lumbini is an important center for Buddhism as well as a pilgrimage destination for Hindus. The monasteries in Monastic Zone, built in the architectural style of each country, Maya Devi Temple, home of Buddha, and World Peace Pagoda outside Monastic Zone are just a few of the places you can see in this city.
10. Chitwan National Park
Safari comes to mind first Africa, but this is a big mistake. Because of its mountainous geography and semi-tropical climate, Nepal has many plants and animals. The largest national park in the country is Chitwan Kathmandu. In the national park, you can see many extraordinary or wild animals such as deer, crocodiles, elephants, as well as the Bengal Tigers, which are endangered. Another alternative is kayaking in the lake next to the jeep safaris.